Bike Fit For Therapists
This is a introductory course into scientific Bike Fitting that critically examines both man and machine in detail i.e. using a 3-Step Integrated Process designed to help therapists, coaches and fitters further understand how Bike Fit can be used to treat, manage and prevent cycling related injuries. It is designed to complement our unique Cycling Injuries Course – which runs over the same weekend. Unlike the few other UK based (mechanically orientated) Bike Fitting workshops designed specifically for Cycle Mechanics and Technicians, we place great emphasis on the clinical aspects of Musculoskeletal Screening of the rider and common problems with the bike and the rider that are linked with common cycling injuries.
Over the years cycling has increased in popularity, as such cycling has become a fully inclusive activity which embraces all ages, abilities and genders - owing to its multiple established health, environmental and socioeconomic benefits. It is used for commuting, recreation, racing, triathlons, and rehabilitation following surgery. It is also beneficial in the and prevention of common diseases associated with sedentary lifestyles such as cardiovascular disease. This resurgence in cycling has resulted in a significant increase in cycle sales, and cycling activity, with a corresponding significant increase in cycling related overuse injuries. As a result, the demand for scientific Bike Fitting and effective management of cycling related overuse injuries have increased accordingly.
Research demonstrates unequivocally that an incorrect Bike Fit adversely affects cycling comfort, performance and increases the risk of overuse injuries - all of which impact on enjoyment. Research also highlights the importance of examining both man and machine if we are to successfully diagnose and manage overuse injuries. Therefore, unlike traditional Bike fitting, our unique 3-Step Integrated Bikefit-Package is designed to comprehensively examine Man and Machine from a clinical and mechanical perspective. The intention is to identify key intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors associated with both Man and Machine - its these risk factors that are likely to cause injury and/or loss in performance.
Course Aims & Practical Application
The aim of this unique introductory Bike Fitting Course is to explore new exciting opportunities for proactive Therapists in the rapidly growing niche markets of Bike Fitting and the management of cycling related overuse injuries. This workshop is designed to provide Therapists with an overview of the necessary fundamental skills and cycling specific knowledge that will enable them to; (i) engage in the concept of a unique 3-Step Integrated Bikefit-Package; (ii) enhance their understanding of the nature and management of cycling injuries.
The course is ideal for Therapists seeking to work with individual cyclists, triathletes, and/ or to work within an existing multidisciplinary cycling related team.
Alternatively, it will enable the Therapist to form an alliance with a proactive cycling shop to offer a cycling specific injury service.
Step-1: Clinical Screening
Through comprehensive Pre-Bikefit Musculoskeletal Screening the aim is to identify the many prevalent intrinsic musculoskeletal and/or biomechanical deficits frequently found in cyclists
Step-2: Prehab/ Rehab
Develop a Personal Rehabilitation Plan to address the above musculoskeletal deficits
Step-3: Bike Fit
Deliver a discipline-specific Bike fit, by integrating the findings from Steps-1&2 into Step-3. The intention is to maximise the outcome of the entire process.
Traditional mechanically orientated Bike Fitting invariably fails to examine the 'Cyclist'....and thus fails to identify the many musculoskeletal / biomechanical deficits prevalent in the cyclist. As a consequence, failure to identify and subsequently address these deficits can severely compromise the outcome and effectiveness of the entire Bikefit process. Key areas of our Step-1 Musculoskeletal Screening include; core/pelvic/gluteal capability, leg length difference, muscle imbalance, restrictions in ROM and foot and limb alignment.
Read Matt Bottrill's (National Cycling Champion) personal Blog on how our Bikefit-Package resolved his knee problem, which improved his symmetry and ultimately his power-transfer....Click link to the Giant website.
Optional pre-course reading will be supplied upon successful enrollment onto the course.
This is a CPD introduction to Bike fitting not a full qualification, therefore we advise participants to discuss professional liability insurance with their provider to cover them for the techniques covered on the course.
This course is suitable for all forms of Therapists, trainers, coaches and bike mechanics working with cyclists and/or triathletes - and for those that may be considering doing so in the future
Teas/coffee are provided but lunch is not included